SportAbility Iowa is a program specially designed to give those with physical disabilities the chance to play sports. But in December, someone broke into its headquarters and stole several wheelchairs.
KWWL reported the organization held a fundraiser on Saturday to help replace some of the stolen wheelchairs.
SportAbility Iowa held a basketball game at Linn-Mar High School in Marion. The game featured wheelchair basketball teams, firefighters, police officers and others playing against each other in sports wheelchairs.
Donations were collected to help the group pay for a few new chairs. They also got a little help from a metro organization.
“A lot of our guys haven’t played for a couple months so we really wanted to give them the opportunity to do that. Adaptive Sports Iowa, an organization really similar to us in Des Moines, lent us these 12 chairs so we could do the tournament,” said Jayden Barrett, Director of SportAbility Iowa.
Barrett said the group is close to the halfway mark of reaching its goal. On Friday night, SportAbility Iowa found out that an organization in California is donating four new chairs to the group.
For more information, visit the SportAbility Iowa website here.